Tri Star Basketball

Each March, over 100 boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 participate in the Tri-Star Basketball Contest.  Trophies are award to the contest winners in each age bracket and gender. The contest includes passing, dribbling, and shooting.

All the kids get a basketball, goodie bag, and sometimes get an appearance from “Rudy Flyer”.


“The Centerville Noon Optimist Club – out of an overabundance of caution – has decided to cancel the 2020 Tri Star Basketball Event planned for Saturday March 14, 2020 from 9AM – Noon at Watts Middle School.  We feel that this decision, while disappointing, is in the best interest of the kids we serve, their parents, and our volunteers.  We thank you for your support of our club and understanding”.

TJ’s Place of Hope

TJS PictureCenterville Noon President Fred Polizzi (left) is accepting a plaque from TJ’s Place of Hope Greg Crabtree recognizing the club’s $15,000 donation toward renovation of TJ’s location on East Franklin Street in Centerville.  The NOC donation was paired with other monetary gifts and volunteer labor to create a pleasant and welcoming space for young people dealing with addictions.IMG_5801IMG_5797

Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)

One Ohio Contestant to win $3500 scholarship!

TOPIC: “How my Best Brings out the Best in Others”

Cincinnati contest to be held at West Chester Library March 22nd 5pm

Northeast Ohio contest to be held at Strongville BW3’s April 9th 12:30pm

Columbus and Centerville Dates and Locations TBD  (Late March/early April)

Local contest winners will advance to Ohio District competition May 6th or 7th where the Ohio District winner will receive a $3500 scholarship.

Please contact me if you know of any organizations or individuals who can help promote this event, or feel free to  forward this link to them.  Currently, only two other clubs in the entire state are holding contests so this is a great opportunity for a young student to win a sizable scholarship.   The C.C.D.H.H. is an annual contest held by the Ohio Optimists, along with our Essay and Oratorical Contests which are all announced in late August or early September.  We have been struggling getting Optimist clubs in Ohio to participate in the C.C.D.H.H. as there are difficulties in finding students that qualify and who are interested in participating.  We would like to get more people and organizations aware of this event so that more students throughout the state will take advantage of this great opportunity.

Looking for high school students with 40 decibel hearing loss to compete in 4-5 minute communication contest delivered by voice or ASL or some combination.  For more details and contest rules, visit:

Are you an ASL interpreter looking for a volunteer opportunity?  We’d love to have you judge the students.

Questions please email Heather Craaybeek  513-441-9648

Oratorical Contest

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club supports Optimist International by conducting the annual Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest.  This contest provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop important public speaking skills.  Any student is eligible to participate who is under the age of 19 as of October 1st and lives in Centerville/Washington Township and/or attends Centerville City Schools, Incarnation Catholic School, Alter High School, Miami Valley School, Spring Valley Academy, or Dayton Christian School.

Contestants deliver a speech between four and five minutes in length on the assigned topic at regular club meetings in February. Two winners from the Club contest advance to the Zone competition, and then may advance to the finals at the District levels (District Regionals and Great Ohio District). At the Great Ohio District level, one winner will receive a $3,500 scholarship, second place will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and third place will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The Winner, sponsored by the Great Ohio District, will advance to the World Championships in St. Louis July 15-17, 2020, for an opportunity to earn nearly $25,000 in scholarship monies.

The topic for 2020, determined by Optimist International, is “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries.”

Click here for the application and complete contest rules, and for inspiration visit the Optimist International Oratorical World Championship.

For more information or to submit an application form:

Liz Fultz

c/o Washington-Centerville Public Library

111 W. Spring Valley Rd.

Centerville, OH  45458


Essay Contest

Optimist International, with funding from the Optimist International Foundation, sponsors an essay contest with a grand prize of a $3,500 scholarship ($2,500 from Optimist International and $1,000 from Centerville Noon Optimist Club) to the Ohio District winner. Boys and girls under the age of 19 are invited to submit an essay on a pre-assigned topic during the months of October, November, December, and January each year. One winner will advance to  finals at the district. The Essay Contest is sponsored by Centerville Noon Optimist Club to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which we live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship.

The Official 2020-2021 Optimist International Essay Contest Topic is: “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

Students may submit entries by completing the application/entry form. Students should pay close attention to all rules, scoring information, and penalties detailed in the application/entry form.

Contest Chairperson – Kelly George – 311 Pleasant Hill Drive – Centerville, OH 45459

Centerville Americana Festival 

Annually for the 4th of July, Centerville Noon Optimists help sponsor the Americana Festival. For more than 25 years, approximately 50 volunteers help facilitate the 5K race and staff a booth on North Main Street. Members look forward to greeting friends and neighbors during this festival and recruiting new members. The Optimists have been known to host Root Beer Float stands, Slushie Stands and event help sponsor Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help eliminate childhood cancer.

Safety On Wheels

On a Saturday in May, we promote Safety on Wheels with a bicycle rodeo in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department’s bicycle check. A committee of 20 to 25 members conduct the bicycle rodeo  with our local police officers doing the bicycle checks. There will be raffle prizes, helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun.


Our 2020 Safety on Wheels Event, planned for Sunday May 17th , has been cancelled due to COVID-19 Concerns. we look fowrward to seeing everyone health and safe in 2021!


Photos from our 2019 event are here

Tri Star Soccer

Each year we hold our Tri-Star Soccer competition activity. It is for boys and girls 13 years old and under. Participants will be tested on dribbling, shooting, passing, punting and juggling skills. Trophies are awarded to the winners in each age group, but the emphasis is more on fun than just competition.

Come and join us on a Saturday in September (2020 date and event details coming soon) for a fun family event of free soccer and fellowship with all the kids.

Haunted Trail

In mid-October, on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening*, our Club, in connection with the Centerville-Washington Township Parks District sponsors a Haunted Trail Halloween free event. This activity requires the effort of 25-30 Club members each night that will participate as trail guides and staff a Fright Station. Youths between the ages of 8 and 16 travel the trail to enjoy the Halloween season

* Check back here at the end of summer 2020 for the date(s) and location of the 2020 Haunted Trail event!

Childhood Cancer Campaign

More than 50 children are diagnosed with cancer everyday in America. Finding a cure to this intolerable disease is a major effort funded by Optimist International. Centerville Noon Optimists take this challenge personally by providing annual funding to Dayton Children Medical Center oncology/hematology department. We also host and fund an annual “Build A Bear” event for more than 70 cancer stricken kids. Providing care giver breakfasts and hosting the Annual Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing provides support, hope and care to many children in our community.